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Sunday, December 12, 2004

Changes on Google

by Software Submit.NET

Google is a place with constant changes. Here are two.

On December 10, 2004 Google launched Google Suggest, a new Labs project that provides you with search suggestions, in real time, while you type.

Kevin Gibbs from Google explains: -- We've found that Google Suggest not only makes it easier to type in your favorite searches (let's face it -- we're all a little lazy), but also gives you a playground to explore what others are searching about, and learn about things you haven't dreamt of.

The project stemmed from an idea I had a few months ago, and since then I've been working on it in my 20% time, which is a program where Google allows their employees to devote 20% of their working hours to any project they choose. What's really amazed me about this project is how in a matter of months, working on my own, I was able to go from a lunch table conversation to launching a new service.

Second change is the new Google Groups look. Some may like it, some may not - we do not like the left-side column, because there is no option to hide it and too little space remains for Groups search results.

Shannon Bauman, Associate Product Manager at Google Groups explains: -- New Google Groups not only helps you find information on millions of topics; now you can actively share ideas and opinions with others about each and every obsession of yours.

And if you don't find a group already focused on your passion, by all means start one. Invite others to join your group so that all interested parties can read and respond to messages, share opinions and ideas via email or your own group's web page.

Check Google Labs for other projects currently under development.


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